Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry: Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press), Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.
Jeffrey Skinner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville, where he began his teaching career 1988. A Guggenheim Fellow, Skinner's latest full collection of poems, Chance Divine, won the Field Prize. His chapbook, White Boys from Hell, appeared in 2018 from C&R Press. He fully expects to see all his former U of L students at the reading, though he hastens to add that there will NO TEST afterward.
Joe Keith Bickett lives roughly sixty miles south of Louisville in Raywick, Kentucky near the small but beautiful Rolling Fork River. In 1989, he was one of many central Kentuckians who were convicted in federal court in Louisville for his role in infamous “The Cornbread Mafia.” He served over twenty years in federal prison for growing and selling marijuana.
Since his release from federal prison in 2011, Joe Keith has worked as a law clerk and paralegal in Lebanon, Kentucky and is an avid supporter of prison reform for nonviolent offenders and legalization of marijuana.
Flora K. Schildknecht has published fiction in The Louisville Review, 2nd & Church, The Chaffin Journal, and Sisyphus. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart prize. She earned an MFA from Spalding University, where she studied fiction and screenwriting. Her love of travel has taken her to
Japan, Tanzania, Argentina, Mexico, Great Britain, and to Scandinavia and much of Europe. She lives with her husband and their son in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches at Bellarmine University.
She and her family often enjoy weekends at their condo in the Lakeview East neighborhood of Chicago.
Brian Haara is a Louisville attorney who found a way to combine his passions for law, bourbon, and history. He is co-managing partner of the local business litigation law firm, Tachau Meek PLC, he writes about bourbon history and law on his blog Sipp’n Corn, and was featured in the documentary Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon. For more information about the author visit brianhaara.com.
James Higdon is a native of Lebanon, Kentucky, where he was educated by the Sisters of Loretto. He holds degrees from Centre College, Brown University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of “The Cornbread Mafia,” and works as a freelance journalist with bylines in POLITICO Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and The Washington Post. He lives in Louisville.
In AMERICAN OVERDOSE: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts investigative journalist Chris McGreal scrutinizes these questions by calling to account the people Americans look to protect them yet who catastrophically failed to address the crisis as the bodies piled up year after year. In parallel with heartrending insights into the devastation of opioids on families and communities, McGreal homes in on the role of Big Pharma as it poured millions of dollars into discrediting the evidence that mass prescribing was creating an epidemic. Above all, AMERICAN OVERDOSE exposes how a greedy drug industry spent years coopting and corrupting Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the medical establishment into colluding in the tragedy.